Speaking truthfully, the core Harvest Moon or the new Story of Seasons games have never really caught my attention. I always craved just a bit more than the simple life. For me, the Rune Factory games were a much better alternative, since they provided me with a great sense of accomplishment in two ways; Farming and battling.
I see the appeal of constantly improving your farmland, but, for me at least, that core mechanic isn't enough to satisfy me for a long period of time. Thus, I was happy to find out that the next Story of Seasons would be joining with PopoloCrois, for a sequel to the PSP game which also incorporates a ton of farming gameplay.
But did the merger of these two completely separate franchises make for a good game? Let's find out.